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Dec 31, 2012 6:00am EST
trying to come to some agreement to avoid the fiscal cliff. senate majority leader harry reid says there's still significant distance between the two sides, but talks are continuing. we'll have more on the fiscal cliff saga in a moment. elsewhere, private equity consortium has struck a deal to buy investment banking firm duffs & phelps for $665 million. as part of the deal, duff & phelps is permitted to seek higher bidders until january 8th. there's a potential merger between amr pilots group. this would combine the two carriers, take amr out of bankruptcy and finally prove appeared rue ross sorkin correct in saying this was going to happen all along. were you involved in the negotiations? you were almost an investment banker here, urging both sides to do this, weren't you? >> without a fee, though. >> what are you talking about without a fee, though? do i work for free? come on. >> no. i've seen you work. >> thank you. >> what did you do, tweet about some vanguard -- i watch you work. i'm learning from you. all the angles, you're amazing. did they settle that thing? ye7. i'll settled up
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Dec 26, 2012 3:00pm EST
it is to go over the fiscal cliff when senators barack obama, senator joe biden, senator harry reid in 2006 all turned down w's request to raise the debt ceiling . >> the fiscal cliff was born in 2011. >> he didn't like it then but he wants today. he wants carte blanche today. >> let him answer, rick. >> i listened to you. please listen to me. i know that's not easy for you. >> okay. >> but please listen to me. >> not easy because you don't say anything consistent. >> the seeds of the fiscal cliff were planted in 2001 with the ten-year window for the bush tax cuts. secondly, look, you're not going to like this, rick, but the fact is the president has come more than halfway in terms -- he hasn't come anywhere. he's come halfway on 7%. he hasn't come halfway on the other side, the entitlement side, the reform side. we're going to a too light deal that's too small. >> a lot of people are saying he wants to go over the cliff because it gives him more leverage. >> yes. >> his treasury secretary said that. tim geithner said that on cnbc. >> right. >> well, look, i mean, first of all, i don't beli
CNBC
Dec 27, 2012 4:00am EST
to avoid the fiscal cliff and no talks have been set. the senate is due in session today, but the house has no plans to reconvene. last week, house speaker john boehner said it was up to the house to act on extending unemployment benefits. as we work through all of this, we are happy to be joined by allen capper, head of credit strategy at lloyd's for the hour. welcome back. i guess we're still shaking off the christmas turkey tryptophan, i guess they call it, and yet it feels as though it's groundhog's day. >> yes. you say shaking off the christmas blues and we're shaking still waiting to hear what happened with this fiscal cliff. we knew they would take it to the wire. there's no surprises. what concerns me, this may stretch on until january. now, this is not the first time we've been in a situation like this in my career in the markets. the opportunity is clearly markets may sell off and then an accord has to be reached. i guess a lot of people will be seeing that. >> what are you seeing in credit markets right now? is there a sense they're looking at the strong off move? >> i think in t
CNBC
Dec 28, 2012 7:00pm EST
have to get back to the fiscal cliff impasse and the president's decision to ask the senate leaders to make a deal. here now to ace cnbc contributor, biden's chief economist and jimmy path kukis of the american enterprise institute. will we have a deal by monday. >> >> think we are. if you had asked me before the president spoke i would have said no. >> why? >> because i can see a path. if mcconnell and reid can hammer out a deal that's acceptable to both of them i believe that john boehner will let that deal come up for a vote in the house, and i believe that vote will pass in the house though probably with majority democrat. if that happens, we may well have a deal. >> you said a big f, though. if mcconnel and reid can hammer something out. the senate hasn't passed a budget in years, jared. tell me, how is harry reid going to come up with something by monday? >> well, as you've been stressing for most of the show, correct me, this is not a budget. this is a last-minute deal that's going to have a few components and i will count them on one hand that will have a tax threshold. 250.
CNBC
Dec 27, 2012 9:00am EST
vacation. now he will be,ing would out on this fiscal cliff. the senate is coming back and the house of representatives is going to have a conference call for all republicans later on today and then yesterday, we saw the secretary of the treasury, tim geithner, announced the $16.4 trillion debt limit is going to be reached by monday, that was a little bit surprising to people who haven't been following this kind of thing and raises the stakes for the fiscal cliff end game because the white house had wanted a debt ceiling deal as part of the overall deal here on the fiscal cliff. republicans have been resisting that by announcing the debt ceiling limit will be held on monday, ratchets up the pressure to include the debt ceiling piece in the final package, whatever that may be, but still not clear, carl, there is going to be a final package of any kind. one quick note, we saw the realism. pact in the real world of the debt situation. treasury announcing yesterday it has suspended the sale of state and local government securities, government series securities. so already, they are doing
CNBC
Dec 31, 2012 4:00am EST
in the fiscal cliff talks. in the absence of a deal, senator reid is prepared to hold a bill on the president's backup plan. and as all of this goes back and forth, here is how markets are faring ahead of the open today. futures show the dow will shed about 70 points at the open, which is a bit of a rebound from the triple digit losses that we originally saw news of on friday. nasdaq and s&p are pointed lower in what will be the last and full trading day of the year. in asia, japan and south korean markets are closed. the rest of markets look a little bit like this. here is europe to begin with. only a few markets are open there today. among those closed include spain and germany. we're start with asia. shanghai composite is the outperformer. you saw up 1.6% there. here is a list of the markets closed across europe. germany, switzerland, germany and austria. for the bourses that are open, we can take a look at performance this morning and then we'll take a look over at the bond wall. the ftse 100 is down about .4%. ibex down .5%. not a clear picture. definitely mixed trade as people look to c
CNBC
Dec 28, 2012 5:00pm EST
to me that there's something in the mix on the senate side on the fiscal cliff negotiations. what that is, we'll have to find out from the president perhaps at 5:45. >> okay, we'll go back to you for that. thanks so much for keeping us updated. the question at this point is, what impact could going over the cliff have on the u.s.'s credit rating. let's bring in sean egan from egan-jones, he's on the phone tonight. if we go over the cliff, i'm assuming the credit rating agencies, other than yours, the others ones, there's a certain amount of time during which they can review the ratings and then decide. it's not an automatic thing. >> that is correct. the first step is to put it under review. then there will be an assessment of how badly we go over the cliff and also whether there will be any reform on titlements. the deficit has been improving. the federal deficit has improved over the last couple quarters. >> so is it the case that perhaps because the economy has done better that perhaps that would save us from a credit rating downgrade even if we go over the cliff? >> i don't ex
CNBC
Dec 27, 2012 4:00pm EST
because, quote, the phone never rang. he complains i've not delivered solutions to the fiscal cliff. he's in error. we all know that in july of this year we passed in the senate the relief that would give -- that it would give to middle class americans. that -- that passed the senate. now, we know the republicans have buried themselves in procedural roadblocks in everything we're trying to do out here and now they are saying, well, we can't do the 250 because it wasn't blue slipped, because it will be blue slipped. mr. president, how does the american people retook the that? there was a bill introduced by the ranking member of the ways and means committee in the house, sandy levin, that called for this legislation. the speaker was going to bring it up to kill it, but he couldn't kill it and then we moved to plan "b," the debacle of all debacles. it's the mother of all debacles. that was brought up in an effort to send us something. he couldn't even pass it among the republicans it was so absurd, he meaning the speaker, so it's very clear now, mr. president, that the speakers's number on
CNBC
Dec 27, 2012 1:00pm EST
. with senate majority leader harry reid warning we are going over the fiscal cliff, let's pose the question is it better if that were to happen. are automatic spending cuts perhaps what the country needs? josh bulk is a national correspondent with the fiscal times. josh, good to have you back. good to see you. >> good to see you. >> it's not all that bad if we go over the cliff. is there a good, compelling argument to make for doing so? >> there are compelling arguments to make for going over the cliff. it might create pressure for a genuine and real deal, not just with tax reform but spending cuts, but there's a lot of dangers in doing it. one of the big things that's screaming on my radar is the alternative minimum tax. that's a tax that is meant to prevent the wealthiest from escaping the irs altogether but unfortunately it was never adjusted for inflation. if we go over the cliff, the amt will kick in not just for 2013 but for 2012. and you've got 30 million americans that are going to face an additional $86 billion in taxes. >> if they don't fix that particular thing, not only will tax
CNBC
Dec 27, 2012 12:00pm EST
the fiscal cliff. now to jackie and future now. >> that's right. you can see it on the chart. gold was lower this morning until majority leader harry reid took to the senate floor and says it looks likely we will go off the fiscal cliff. if we do go off, is buying gold your best bet? even with the cliff looming, gold has done badly over the past month. does that surprise you? >> it does. when you look at money printing going on in japan and the fiscal cliff here and debt ceiling limit and relatively weak dollar, gold should have a lot more shine to it. >> not like the possibility of going over the cliff is something new. if gold is getting a bit on cliff fears, why has it sold off in the last month? what's taken so long? >> funny you mention that, they read the headline, harry reid says, looks like we're going over the cliff, i don't think anybody thinks about that. but everybody hits the sell button because they think everybody's going to. there's plenty of reason to buy gold but whatever gold is dealing with on the negative side it is not done dealing with. i don't think it's a good time.
CNBC
Dec 26, 2012 5:00am EST
quietly working with senate democrats to come up with a plan to avoid the fiscal cliff, but little progress has been made. >>> a chinese ratings agency is putting the u.s. on negative watch citing troubles with long-term debt issues. on a statement on its web site, global credit says each political party insists on the proposition favorable for its own interest. it expects u.s. debt to rise to 105% of gdp this year and warns the country will probably fall into recession in 2013 if there's no resolution to the fiscal cliff. last year, it cut u.s. treasuries from a to a-plus with a negative outlook. >>> and the holiday shopping season is drying to a close. early numbers suggest what started out strong is ending with a whimper. mastercard spending pulse unit estimates sales rose .7% over the past two months, which would be the weakest pace since 2008 during the financial crisis. many analysts had expected sales to rise 3% to 4%. several events may have, of course, pushed consumers to spend less this season including hurricane sandy and concerns about how tax hikes from the fiscal clif
CNBC
Dec 27, 2012 6:00am EST
the senate to come up with a passable fiscal cliff solution. he's promising to at least consider any bill that the upper chamber produces. senate majority leader harry reid now expected to base any legislation on a bill passed earlier this year to continue tax breaks for households will incomes below $250,000. a senate bill would likely contain an extension of expiring unemployment benefits. and the other big news of the morning, treasury secretary tim geithner unveiling a plan to buy time under the debt ceiling. in a letter to congress, geithner saying that treasury is going to begin taking steps this week to delay hitting the government's 16$16.4 trillion borrowing limit. treasury will take several measures to save that next year to keep the government from reaching the limit for about two months. but geithner warns it is harder to predict how long the delay will last because of all of this ongoing fiscal cliff negotiations making it harder to forecast what revenue and tax spending will be next year. >>> the journal says right here the white house and congressional leaders have shown no
CNBC
Dec 26, 2012 4:00pm EST
pressure on the cook to do something about the fiscal cliff and the debt ceiling. treasury secretary geithner sent a letter to harry reid, the senate majority leader, saying the united states government will hit its statutory debt limit on december 31st. that is the same day that we would go over the fiscal cliff. now the treasury has certain steps they can take to avoid breaching the debt ceiling that will carry the government through february or march, but at the moment in a technical sense treasury secretary geithner is telling the congress we're hitting the debt ceiling at the end of this year which is the part of the, as i mentioned, part of an effort to get congress to step in and act, not only on the fiscal cliff but on the debt ceiling, bill. >> thanks very much for the breaking news. we'll keep monitoring the situation. thanks, john harwood. a look now at financial sector and whether or not you should put your money in the banks. >> 12 months ago there was a lot of buzz about the regionals, but now it's the big banks that have done really, really well. we have the president
CNBC
Dec 26, 2012 5:00pm EST
into next year. first, to our top stories. five days to go until the fiscal cliff and the heat is turning up on both sides of the aisle. house speaker john boehner says the senate needs to act first. meantime, just about 40 minutes ago, tim geithner said the u.s. is simply running out of money. let's get the latest on this game of chicken from c nbc's chief political correspondent, john harwood. john? >> melissa, i want to bring you up to date on the fiscal cliff developments. first of all, as you mentioned, secretary geithner has informed the senate that the united states government will hit its debt ceiling on monday. that is december 31st. now, that doesn't mean that anything happens immediately, because the treasury can take various steps to postpone the moment of reckoning, probably a couple of months. it's still significant. that's an effort to pressure congress. secondly, the house republicans have met, leadership has met, sent a letter to democrats saying the house has acted, now it's up to the senate to act. that's, of course, the m theic-controlled senate which has no intention of
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Dec 28, 2012 4:00pm EST
available to us, and while the leaders in washington do try to tackle the fiscal cliff, at least the democratic leader in the senate has no problem placing the blame on one particular person when it comes to not getting anything done. senate majority leader harry reid had this to say on the senate floor yesterday. >> months and months of talks between the president and boehner, both times boehner could not deliver because they refuse because of grover norquist to allow any tax revenues whatsoever. they cannot cross over the threshold that has been built by grover norquist. >> grover norquist joins us now exclusively here on cnbc. grover, we just heard you are the target of those comments, but did harry reid get it wrong, because i thought that your organization actually gave its blessing to boehner's plan "b." >> reid has it wrong on a number of levels. the first, of course, is that the pledge that many congressmen and senators have made to oppose tax increases is made to the people of their state, not to me. in fact, harry reid now has the republican senator joining him from nev
CNBC
Dec 28, 2012 2:00pm EST
is talking about the fiscal cliff, there's a farm cliff. secretary vilsack has been calling on the industry, calling on the senate and congress for months to avoid this problem because if the farm bill expires, we've got some real issues. >> so what do you think we should do, phil? what's the solution? >> well, bottom line is we've got to get everybody in washington to wake up. the senate passed it. the house ag committee passed it, but, you know, the house has really not allowed the debate to happen so as a result we've got all of this stuff happening and my fear is we're going to get lost. let's not forget, we've seen prices increase over the past two years dramatically, and especially after this summer's drought, prices went up even more. they're going to continue to go up. back in february the usga issued its 20-year report. it said because. global crisis, the prices are going to go up. we have this $5 billion over the past few years that's really set to expire. i frankly think that we are going to see some compromise probably similar to what we're going to see with the fiscal cliff whe
CNBC
Dec 31, 2012 4:00pm EST
think the fiscal cliff issue is going to kind of come up? >> of course it's going to come up, but my only point is the meeting -- that's not what the meeting is about. it's a further indication that -- from the house of representatives that they don't consider this thing ripe enough that they're going to bolt and move on it tonight. >> that'll please new jersey governor chris christie and governor cuomo of new york. but you don't think that's a head fake to try and lower expectations? or not to raise them needlessly on the fiscal cliff? >> look. >> we sound skeptical, don't we? >> yes. but we're not that far from 5:00. and we're not that far from midnight. knowing the way the senate acts, the fact the senate leaders have not announced a deal. i don't think it's a trech to say that the house at this point is standing back and saying we haven't moved the ball yet. >> understood. >> okay. >> we'll get back to you shortly, i'm sure. there'll be more coming out of washington. in the meantime, we just closed out the trading year for 2012. as the dust settles, courtney reagan now breaks dow
CNBC
Dec 27, 2012 2:00pm EST
is manning the nas desk. >> a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff thought it was a certainty at the beginning of the month. today not so much. senator reid's comments and a dismal report triggering a selloff that a lot of pessimists had expected sooner than today because they didn't think the deal on the cliff would be done. the dow dropping below 13,000 for the first time today sings the beginning of this month. now negative as well for the month of december. trading at a three-week low with all 30 of the dow components in negative territory. with the dow below 13,000 the s&p is notching up its fourth straight loss trading below a 50 day moving average and also hitting a three-week low. if investors are moving out of stocks, where are they moving into? safe haven. a treasury e.t. after saving a bid after investors have a secure place to put their money. gld or gold up. gold seen as a safe haven. so it, too, is benefitting from that rush or flight to quality, flight to safety. and then of course on the heels of very modest gains in the metal itself, gold, there is strength in gold stocks as w
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Dec 28, 2012 6:00am EST
and senate today. can the fiscal cliff deal be reached? we're going to astrategists fro both sides of the aisle. plus, we're going to welcome a man who knows the world of washington and wall street very well. the great grandson of the 27th president and leading financial ceo in his own right, john taft is going to be our guest host. n] you are a business pro. omnipotent of opportunity. you know how to mix business... with business. and you...rent from national. because only national lets you choose any car in the aisle. and go. you can even take a full-size or above. and still pay the mid-size price. i could get used to this. [ male announcer ] yes, you could business pro. yes, you could. go national. go like a pro. >>> it's getting down to the wire. >> republicans have bent over backwards. >> we're in the name situation we've been in for a long time. >> america heads closer to the edge of the fiscal cliff. how businesses are bracing for the worst, and what it means for your money. >> and could the looming trouble at the capitol be the right time to buy? >> i love gold! >> why gold
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Dec 26, 2012 6:00am EST
. >> there's the looming fiscal cliff and session of the senate set for tomorrow. the house has nothing on its schedule for the week but members have been told they could be called back with 48 hours notice. meantime, president obama going to fly back from vacation in hawaii today. john joins us in washington. john, is this trip by the president more than just window dressing? is there a chance he's here to actually do something? >> first of all, merry christmas to everybody and happy holidays. i think this is not window dressing. there is a chance they will negotiate a deal, most like l l mini deal that will temporarily resolve the issue. there is a chance something will get done and the chairman of the budget committee is holding out hope to do that. he's come back because the president doesn't want to be out in hawaii vacationing while members of congress decide up or down on a deal. >> it will be left in the -- he left in the first place knowing he would have to come back. not like he didn't know this problem existed on sunday? >> right. but he wanted to celebrate christmas home wit
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Dec 31, 2012 9:00am EST
of obamacare taxes begin in january. that's not even part of the fiscal cliff. that's in addition to the fiscal cliff. >>> good morning. we're live at the new york stock exchange. of course the moment we've been waiting for, the senate reconvening as we speak. 11:00 a.m. eastern time. we are waiting to see whether any progress has been made between republican senator mitch mcconnell and vice president joe biden. john harwood has told us they have not only had constructive talks, but talked past midnight, at 6:30 a.m. this morning. markets reacting quite like this, the dow down about 12 points, s&p positive by about three, and the nasdaq up about 15. meantime in hong kong, they are already celebrating the new year. this is a live picture of what's happening on the other side of the planet and that scene will be a lot more familiar to those on the east coast in just a few hours time. meantime just a few hours to go, still no deal on the fiscal cliff. how are the markets going to be impacted heading into the new year? head of research joining us from new york, andrew, happy new year to you. all ki
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Dec 24, 2012 9:00am EST
, but the reason i'm bringing all this up is simple. we've heard a lot of issues on the fiscal cliff the last several months and of course some of the best stories on the fiscal cliff have been right here on cnbc. we have the badges to prove it. but, hey. the senate, the house, the president, they all want to do what's best especially harry reid and his gang. they're so worried about everybody in the fiscal cliff. they're obviously worried about how a & p is going to affect people, marginal tax rates, the middle class. good. people need to be worried about the middle class but exactly how worried are they? where there is a will there is a way. there was a will in 1895, a will three years ago. yeah, 2009. but obviously there is a whole lot more talk than action because, let's see, i hear crickets or i hear some hula music but i certainly don't hear the ruffling of papers as any bill is getting passed. so i guess i will leave on this note on christmas eve. you know, i send my best wishes to all the military that are out of the country protecting us and making sure they secure the rights for eve
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Dec 26, 2012 7:00pm EST
. we acted to put off the fiscal cliff several months ago with a bill that without objection tend all of those bush tax rates into the future and would turn off the sequester by switching defense cuts over to domestic programs. democrats, of course have no intention of doing that. especially after president obama won the election. senate democratic leadership aide tells me that will remains a 50/50 chance we will get a mini deal temporary extension of tax cuts under $250,000 before the january 1 deadline when we would go over the cliff. will are no assurances of that. a white house official told me as president obama prepares to fly back to conduct and participate in the negotiations at the end, there has been no progress over the holiday weekend. michelle, i'm afraid that people who are looking for a deal and looking for a deal by december 31, all hope is not lost. it is not looking good at the moment. >> let's go back to this hitting the debt ceiling on monday. we learned of this because treasury secretary tim good night mother sent a letter to the honorable harry reid majority lead
CNBC
Dec 31, 2012 3:00pm EST
in response to some of the things president obama said earlier on today with regards to the fiscal cliff. let's just take a listen. >> i'm not sure yet as i sort out my impressions of the president's remarks as to whether to be angry or to be saddened. i guess i have to wonder -- and i think the american have to wonder whether the president really wants this issue resolved or is it to his short-term political benefit for us to go over the cliff? >> what is your response to that? whether or not it's to his benefit or whether he really wants to get this job done? >> well, i think his commentary, senator mccain's, is part of the whole theatrics. he probably had a meeting with mitch mcconnell five minutes before he went on the floor and scripted out what he was going to say with hopes it would create leverage on their side. i think that's kind of a sideshow. mccain has the pulpit. but i really think the real question here is whether or not this deal is balanced, it's durable, and if we consider it the day after we pass it it actually has a boost for the economy. >> we have to leave it there, but
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Dec 27, 2012 3:00pm EST
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Dec 28, 2012 9:00am EST
of a deal are fading quickly. just two trading days left until the cliff. and it's not just the fiscal cliff. wind farms and dairy are set to get hit. >> the ports of the east coast and gulf coast are bracing for a potential strike. the potential for this, midnight sunday with a shutdown threatening to threaten 20% of the cargo traffic. >> and instagram feeling the sting of the flap around privacy with users, fleeing the site. how will this impact facebook? >> as we mentioned, dennis berman, "wall street journal" market place editor is joining us here on set once again for the next hour. good to have you back, dennis. lots to talk about between the cliff and other news. >> three days before the u.s. goes over the fiscal cliff, congressional leaders will meet with the president this afternoon. i remember standing on the white house north lawn last month, after leaders met with the president back then. things looked pretty promising. here's what they said after that meeting. >> i believe that the framework that i've outlined in our meeting today is consistent with the president's call for a fa
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